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Herbal medicine is the people’s medicine, and we’re committed to keeping this wisdom in the hands of the people who need it most. Our scholarship program builds solidarity with people who share our vision of ecological sustainability and food and medicine justice. We're proud to say that in 2016 we awarded 28 scholarships, both through our partnerships and our own program, totaling $39,400. We're excited to announce that we are now accepting scholarship applications for both of our online courses! 

We are accepting applications through January 31st, 2017. Please read this email carefully as it contains important details about applying.
These need-based scholarships are selected based on our mission of promoting diversity and inclusivity in the field of herbal medicine. They are designed for herbal enthusiasts from underserved communities who face barriers due to our unbalanced social structure, as well as people who serve these communities—parameters such as race, class, sexual orientation, and gender identification/non-identification will be considered. We are especially seeking applicants who plan to use their education to provide further outreach in underserved areas.  

We will be awarding six scholarships to our Online Herbal Medicine Making Course. All students who complete this course will be eligible for a further scholarship to our Herbal Immersion program. We are also awarding two scholarships to our Herbal Immersion Program (which includes the Medicine Making course). These Herbal Immersion scholarships are exclusively for people who are already activists for food and medicine justice by taking part in community gardens, prison gardens, or other forms of horticultural therapy.
Please note that we receive a lot of applications, and we can only accept eight into our program. Read through the descriptions of the Online Herbal Medicine Making Course and the Online Herbal Immersion Program on our website before applying.  Please only apply for a scholarship if you can't afford the tuition and you represent an underserved community or work with one. Read on to find out more and apply.
The scholarship program is one of our staff’s great joys. It is an honor to glimpse your lives and the incredible work you do through the window of your applications. We look forward to sowing the seeds of food and medicine justice together.
If you know someone who may be interested in our scholarship program, please pass along this email.

The following is a testimonial from one of our scholarship students at Transplanting Traditions, a community farm that provides refugee adults and youth access to land, healthy food and agricultural education and micro-enterprise opportunities. The farm provides a cultural community space for families to come together, build healthy communities and continue agricultural traditions in the Piedmont of North Carolina.
I am honored to have a scholarship for the Herbal Immersion - it has changed the way that I think of my path as an herbalist. I had a hard time imagining when I could do more in-depth study while working, since I was already committed to a community I love and not able to travel in order to study intensively for a solid block of time. This course has allowed me to dive deep, at my own pace, learning diverse herbal traditions and virtually visiting varied landscapes. Then I could apply that knowledge to my own community. It has encouraged me to connect with local herb-loving folks over plants, medicine, and gardens. I appreciate how dynamic the course is- engaging, entertaining, bright, vibrant. I most appreciate how all the teachers honor the traditions and environment they teach from, and this remains core to the overall philosophy of the course.

So far, I am most proud of learning to make tinctures and drying plants as part of my almost weekly routine, while simultaneously learning about those plants  in-depth from the videos and readings. This course has connected me more to the community of refugee farmers I work with. We always have had the common language and excitement surrounding plants. This past year I have been sharing some new things I have been learning in the course and then hearing their perspective. We work together to find different species of medicinal plants that are common to both our cultures, in order to see if we might be able to grow them at the farm. Thank you for this opportunity.

~Nicole Accordino, Transplanting Traditions Community Farm
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
To apply for a scholarship please complete both steps below. Your application is not complete until BOTH the contact form AND your video application have been received. 
1. Fill out this contact form
The name entered in the form must match the file name of your video.

2. To apply for a scholarship, you will create a video (no more than THREE MINUTES) answering the following questions:
      1) Why do you want to take this course?
      2) Describe your role in your community. How do you see herbal medicine
          as supporting social change?
      3) How do you plan to share the knowledge you gain from this course?
Video Instructions
  • Videos will only be accepted in a .mp4 format. VIDEOS LONGER THAN THREE MINUTES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
  • Videos may be created on any device as long as they are in .mp4. Free file converters are available online and can be found with a Google search.
  • Save your video file with your full name, i.e. KathrynBlau.mp4.
  • Upload your video file to Dropbox. If you don't already have a Dropbox account you can sign up for free at
  • Once your file is finished uploading, click the blue Share button to the right of the file.
  • In the ‘To’ field, enter and click Share.
Application Notification
We will email each and every applicant on Monday, February 6th to let you know whether or not you’ve been accepted.
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